Guangdong Olympic Stadium
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Guangdong Olympic Stadium

Aoti Main Stadium
Stade Olympique Guangdong.JPG
LocationGuangzhou, China
Public transitGuangzhou Metro Huangcun  4 
OwnerGuangdong People's Government
OperatorGuangdong Sports Bureau
Broke ground31 December 1998[1]
Opened22 September 2001[3]
Construction cost1.23 billion RMB
ArchitectEllerbe Becket[2]
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The Guangdong Olympic Centre Stadium or Aoti Main Stadium[4] is a multi-purpose stadium in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. Currently used mostly for football matches, the stadium was opened in 2001. It has a capacity of 80,012, making it the largest stadium in the country by seating capacity.[5]


Guangdong Olympic Stadium broke ground on 31 December 1998 at the former site of Huangcun Airport.[6] It opened to the public for the Ninth National Games of China in 2001. It was originally planned to help host the 2008 Summer Olympics[7] until a decision was made to construct the National Stadium in Beijing. The original design for the Guangdong Olympic Stadium was announced in 1999. Taking Guangzhou's nickname, the Flower City, the American architectural firm of Ellerbe Becket designed Guangdong Olympic Stadium's sunscreen roof to resemble layers of petals on a flower.[8] The design firm stated in its press release: "The stadium bowl grows out of the ground to a sculpted upper edge, like the petals of a flower. Floating above the bowl is a shimmering ribbon of roof flowing like a wave over the seats. It parts at the ends and holds the Olympic flame, suspended between the two ribbons. A hotel surrounds a circular opening in the roof that forms a vertical tower of light, which at night is visible for a great distance." The stadium's multi-colored seats are positioned in multiple sections that are visually connected via a ribbon pattern.

Major events


  1. ^ "". Guangdong Sports Bureau. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Guangdong Olympic Stadium Archived 29 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine architect: Ellerbe Becket
  3. ^ "Chinese Architecture- Guangdong Olympic Stadium". Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Making the Aoti Main Stadium accessible". China Daily. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Chinese Architecture- Guangdong Olympic Stadium". Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Zhang, Tristin (8 April 2018). "The Story Behind China's Largest Sports Stadium". That's Mag.
  7. ^ ArchitectureWeek - Design - China's Banner Stadium - 2002.0501
  8. ^ "Guangdong Olympic Stadium". Archiplanet. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 2011.

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Coordinates: 23°8?15.56?N 113°24?12.67?E / 23.1376556°N 113.4035194°E / 23.1376556; 113.4035194

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